The 4-inch iPhone

April 25th, 2012 § 0 comments

A great summary of the pros & cons of a widescreen (16×9) iPhone. I’m still not sure where I stand on the idea. Letterbox would be nice for watching video and playing games but I agree with Dan that landscape mode for everything else would be even worse than it currently is. Paramount is the reach issue however. The ability to hold your phone with one hand and easily reach all parts of the screen is the difference between a handheld computer and portable one. It’s anecdotal at best but whenever I see someone using their 4-5″ phone it’s a two handed operation. After years of being able to do everything with one hand I think that would get old rather quickly.

I’m sure these are some of the pros & cons that Apple has weighed and I’m curious to see which path they decided to take1. It would be cool to see a bigger screen but my guess is that they won’t change it.

  1. I’m assuming that they have picked an aspect ratio for the next iPhone by now. Even if manufacturing hasn’t started it seems they would have to already be working on the software. []

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